January-February Products & Retail News Vol 151

Special Features:

Intertek Expands Product Certification and Quality Assurance Services for LED Decorative Lighting Strings

Intertek has expanded its ETL Mark certification to now include certification for LED decorative lighting strings. This service will offer manufacturers and retailers sales and technical support from Intertek’s more than 1,000 global locations, in addition to testing laboratories in four Lighting Centers of Excellence: Guangzhou, China; Kowloon, Hong Kong; Taipei, Taiwan; and Kista, Sweden.

Intertek Launches First South Asia High-Tech Furniture Lab in India

The launch of a new furniture lab in Guragon, India, has the designation of being Intertek’s first furniture lab in South Asia. The high-tech facility will focus on serving the rapidly growing Indian furniture market and offer customers testing for performance, safety, durability, and flammability for four major categories of furniture: domestic furniture, beds and mattresses, office furniture, and storage furniture.

Intertek Expands Footwear Testing Capabilities in Shanghai

After doubling its physical lab space, Intertek’s Shanghai Footwear Testing Laboratory is now able to offer clients more comprehensive leather and footwear testing. This enhanced capability will now provide James Slip Resistance Testing, GB Non-marking testing, identification of leather, and physical and chemical testing of leather. Along with advances in testing capabilities, Intertek Shanghai is also further developing its professional footwear engineering team to provide greater guidance on regulations, testing methods, buyer requirements, and improvements for materials and shoes.

New LVD/EMC and R&TTE Legislations

In 2014, the European Parliament and Council enacted new directives for low voltage (LV) with the LVD Directive 2014/35/EU, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Directive 2014/30/EU, and Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) Directive 2014/53/EU. With these new directives going into effect later this year, compliance dates have been established for products coming onto the market.

Intertek Hosts Grand Opening of Qi Wireless Charging Testing Laboratory

Intertek’s Hong Kong lab is the world’s first laboratory accredited to test for Qi extended/basic-power wireless charging.

Qi (pronounced “Chee”) is the wireless-charging standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium that enables transmission of electrical power without wires safely and efficiently.

LG and Intertek Expand Alliance to Support Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions

Under a new agreement, LG products such as LED lighting, solar panels, and air conditioning systems will be tested by Intertek for energy efficiency, electromagnetic compatibility, environmental requirements, performance, and safety.

China Publishes New RoHS Regulation

The new standard “Measures for Administration on the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical Appliances and Electronic Products,” will be implemented as of July 1, 2016, with the previous standard “Measures for Administration of the Pollution Control of Electronic Information Products,” being repealed.

Verify your Performance Claims with Intertek’s Activewear Testing Solutions

To help ensure your active apparel meets consumer expectations, Intertek offers testing for properties such as anti-bacterial, anti-mold, windproof, water resistance & breathability, water repellency, quick-dry, UV protection, thermal regulation and stretch & recovery.

Identify Hazardous Substances before Production with Chemical Smart Screening

In response to industry-led initiatives like the Roadmap to Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), Intertek developed Chemical Smart Screening, a proactive approach to identify and prevent the use of harmful chemicals at the beginning of the textile, apparel and footwear manufacturing process.
Company Activity:

Intertek Exhibits at Select Moda and Intermoda Tradeshows
Intertek attended the Select Moda Tradeshow held January 13-14, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico, to offer solutions to address the testing, quality inspection, and quality assurance needs of retailers, manufacturers, and importers. In addition, the tradeshow served as an opportunity for Intertek to educate attendees about restricted substances and heavy metals in shoes with a presentation by Intertek textiles and footwear experts.

Intertek was also an exhibitor at Intermoda 2016, the largest fashion trade show in Latin America. Intertek’s involvement included workshops and business meetings to assist those in the industry strengthen their business and develop new partnerships.

For more information contact: northamerica.softlines@intertek.com

Intertek exhibits at IHGF Delhi Fair Spring 2016
The Indian Handicrafts and Gifts Fair (IHGF), the largest event of its kind in Asia, featured more than 2,400 exhibitors from across India, and more than 5,000 visitors from around the world. IHGF serves as an opportunity for those across the handicrafts, gifts, and lifestyle products industry to make connections and expand their business. Learn More...

Intertek to Share Consumer Product Safety Expertise at ICPHSO’s Annual Meeting
At the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization’s (ICPHSO) 2016 Annual Meeting & Symposium, Intertek experts will be speaking on topics such as internal compliance programs and using social media insights to improve products. 

The event will take place February 29 – March 3 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. 

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The 28th Guangzhou International Toy & Hobby Fair (Apr 8-10, 2016)
Tradegood is hosting business matching activities at the Toy & Hobby Fair, where nearly 1,000 toy/animation/stroller/baby product manufacturers, traders and domestic and overseas purchasers will gather together. Tradegood encourages all members to register as early as possible.

Tradegood Trend Boutique – Real Business Connections Created
At our New York showroom, we act as a one-stop sourcing shop, providing access to global markets all year round. Members will be able to see many factories’ capabilities and establish direct contact with decision makers without having to travel overseas.

Standards and Regulations:

Vol. 896 | EU – CEN Publishes Specification for Slide Fasteners EN 16732: 2015
Vol. 895 | Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in January 2016
Vol. 894 | Japan Publishes New Toy Safety Standard ST 2016
Vol. 893 | EU – CEN Approves EN 16128:2015 Nickel Release Standard for Spectacle Frames and Sunglasses
Vol. 892 | Japan Proposes Enforcement Order of the Act on Preventing Environmental Pollution of Mercury
Vol. 891 | EU REACH – CEN Publishes PD CEN-TR 16417:2016 Footwear Guidance Standard
Vol. 890 | UK – New Voluntary Codes of Practice Developed for Flammability and Labelling of Children’s Toy Dress-up and Disguise Costumes 
Vol. 889 | EU REACH – Amended Nickel Release Standard Published in List of Harmonized Standards – EN 1811:2011 + A1: 2015 
Vol. 888 | EU REACH – EU Implements Regulation 2016-26 Restricting Nonylphenol Ethoxylates in Textile Products 
Vol. 887 | China – New Mandatory Safety Standards for Toys and Children’s Footwear Effective January 1, 2016 
Vol. 886 | Mexico Proposes Food Contact Standard for Glazed Ceramic, Glazed Pottery, Porcelain Articles and Glassware 
Vol. 885 | Results of China Market Textile and Footwear Spot Checks in December 2015 
Vol. 884 | France – Methodological Document Published for Food Contact Metals and Alloys 
Vol. 833 | Japan – New Safety Standard for Cords and Drawstrings in Children’s Clothing (JIS L 4129 - 2015) Published 
Vol. 882 | U.S. CPSC Issues Final Rule Regarding Heavy Elements Limits for Unfinished and Untreated Wood used in Toys


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